Chelsea finally released their new third kit today, after months of speculation to the point that almost every fan knew what it looked like. It’s the third year of Nike’s sponsorship with Chelsea, and there have been mixed reactions to many of the shirts, and this one is no different.

Credit: Chelsea FC

Nike chose an orange and black theme, something which the Blues have worn before, most recently in 2010-11 under Carlo Ancelotti. The reaction to the kit has been largely positive, but many including myself question the aesthetics of the collar of the shirt, which looks poorly designed and almost out of place. I’m sure, like with most kits, we’ll grow to love it. Personally, I’m a big fan of the kit and it would be one of my favourite’s in recent years if the collar was a bit cleaner.

The History

All of Chelsea’s kits this season have been influenced by history and the location of Chelsea. The home shirt, is inspired by the West Stand of Stamford Bridge, with the pattern a sort of exploded version of that. While the away shirt, takes influence from Mod Culture in 1960s south-west London.

Chelsea’s third shirt is a throwback to the 90’s, featuring colours from one of our most iconic away kits, and a pattern and Nike Futura logo, also adding to the history behind our new kit.

Reaction

Here are some of the reactions, both good and bad to the new third shirt…

What are your thoughts on the new third shirt? Let us know in the comments or reply to our tweet.

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